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Empress Smith

Empress Smith

State Licensing Consultant

Empress Smith is a state licensing consultant with Bates Group’s MSB, FinTech and Virtual Assets practice. A dedicated professional with over a decade of experience in the ARM, Mortgage, and Financial Services industry, Ms. Smith assists Bates clients with state licensing acquisition, renewal, and maintenance, including Money Transmitter and Digital Currency licenses. She has a demonstrated mastery of the Nationwide Multi-State Licensing System (NMLS) and a history of spearheading successful state licensing projects.

Ms. Smith comes from a legal background and has held positions at JP Morgan Chase and an esteemed law firm in Atlanta, GA. She applies her strategic planning skills to design comprehensive solutions for a variety of businesses, making her an invaluable asset to any financial services company.

Empress is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



Art Institute of Atlanta, Computer Science, 2011

Chattahoochee Technical College, Business Administration, 2008


Bates Group LLC, State Licensing Consultant, 2023-Present

Solar Mosaic, Inc., Regulatory Licensing / Compliance Manager, 2021-2023

Astra Business Service, Regulatory Licensing / Compliance Manager, 2015-2021

Place Services, Inc., Project Manager, Compliance Manager, 2013-2015

Cornerstone, Inc., Licensing Manager, 2010-2013

JP Morgan Chase Bank, Senior Contract Manager, 2003-2010

Cobb County (GA) Superior Court, Administrative Assistant, 2000-2003

Burr & Foreman, LLP, Legal Assistant, 1997-2000


NMLS Certified

Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator (MLO) – Georgia

Licensed Notary Public – Georgia